BONNIE DOON. AKA and see "Ye Banks and Braes." Scottish, Jig. G Major (Kerr, Sweet): C Major (Howe). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A waltz setting is in Kerr's Merry Melodies, vol. 1, p. 25. A favorite air of the first decades of the 19th century, judging by the number of times it appears in period music manuscripts in Britain and North America. Under the "Bonny/Bonnie Doon" title it was published in Philadelphia in 1823 in G.E. Blake's Gentleman's Amusement No. 2. The title is from poet Robert Burns' song "Ye banks and braes o' bonny doon," printed in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, although John Glen finds the precursor melody to be "Caledonian Hunt's Delight (The)", printed by the Gows in 1788.
Printed sources: American Veteran Fifer, 1905; No. 97. Howe (Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon), 1843; p. 8. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 4; No. 259, p. 28. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964; p. 25.
X:1 T:Bonny Doon M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air S:Howe - Complete Preceptor for the Accordeon (1843) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C G | c2c d2d | ege dcd | edc cAG | GAc d2 e/d/ | c2c d2d | ege dcd | edc cAG | GAB c2 :| |: e/f/ | g2a gec | g2a gec | gec gec | age d2 e/d/ | c2c d2d | ege dcd | edc cAG | GAB c2 :||
X:2 T:Bonnie Doon B:American Veteran Fifer #97 M:6/8 L:1/8 K:D t=8 A | d2d e2e | faf ede | fed dBA | ABd d2f/e/ | d2d e2e | faf ede | fed dcB | ABc d2 :| |: f/g/ | a2b afd | a2b afd | afd afd | baf e2 f/e/ | d2d e2e | faf ede | fed dcB | ABc d2 :|
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